These are the last three of my general nutrition Top Shelf. (Then we go on to the best books about CLEANSING, the best books for PARENTS, and the best books on VEGETABLE GARDENING.) Again, if you want to buy the book, click on it for a link to Amazon.
Steven Arlin’s Raw Power, for anyone who wants to build muscle mass or compete athletically not eating animal flesh or dairy products. I’m just a girl, not a true bodybuilder, but I love weight training, and this book long ago helped me let go of protein powders and bars and hold my own, strength-wise, with much-younger, carnivorous weightlifting friends. Arlin has eaten a 100% raw vegan diet for 20 years and would be the biggest guy in most gyms’ free-weight rooms. His recipes are interesting and unique. (p.s. Those of you blogging here recently about men who need to gain weight, Arlin eats a lot of raw olives, as well as avocadoes, nuts, and coconut.)
William Dufty’s The Sugar Blues was written in the 1950′s in a very provocative and engaging style. This seminal book is your chance to get up the motivation to kick the sugar habit. As many nutrition authors have stated, sugar is killing us. And it’s more addictive than cocaine. (I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know, am I?) Even more fascinating is Dufty’s claim that the sugar industry sabotaged his efforts to publish his expose.
Dr. Edward Howell’s Enzyme Nutrition: The Food Enzyme Concept is a 162-page abridgement of this medical doctor’s lifelong work that originally culminated in a 700-page book with 700 references. It is an old book, published in 1985, reviewing all the scientific literature from the beginning of the 20th century pointing to enzymes being the most critical element that our diet is now deficient in, as we have strayed from raw foods. It draws conclusions and postulates scientific theory long before the recent raw-food movement gained any traction. (I am going to do a blog series shortly on what we learn from the studies done on ENZYMES.)